A Metastable Harmony

Scott McLaughlin

A Metastable Harmony a été jouée à Huddersfield et Montréal…

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The string quartet is a multivalent object, a web of difference. The interaction of forces and materials can be perceived as a single sound-percept of many parts, or a community of different identities. A metastable harmony focuses on the open strings played molto sul ponticello (very near to the bridge), where the connection between bow and string can become highly non-linear, affording noise, harmonics, and multiphonics; these patterns emerge from noise, fleeting, and contingent on the momentary cohering of forces. The composer guides and constrains forces, “circumscribing the open universe” as Thomas DeLio describes it. Like spinning plates, the players negotiate a balancing act of force vectors in body and bow to sustain fugitive sounds, configurations stable only as long as the player can hold the moment.



  • 28 avril 2012, Composer’s Kitchen 2012: Concert, Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montréal (Québec)

A Metastable Harmony

  • Scott McLaughlin
  • Année de composition: 2012
  • Durée: 12:00
  • Instrumentation: quatuor à cordes
28 avri 2012
Série QB
En salle Entrée libre Résidence
Montréal (Québec)
24 nove 2012
En salle Résidence
Huddersfield (Angleterre, RU)